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Computer injuries on rise, youths most at risk: study

Blurry vision and wrist pain are among the well-known health perils of computer use, but a study released on Tuesday shows a rise in previously overlooked injuries due to computer equipment falling over.

Researchers found a 732-percent rise in "acute computer-related injuries" from 1994 through 2006, double the 309-percent increase in household computer ownership over the period, according to according to
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 a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine preventive medicine, branch of medicine dealing with the prevention of disease and the maintenance of good health practices. Until recently preventive medicine was largely the domain of the U.S. .

Young children are particularly at risk, it said.

Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database showed that over 78,000 such injuries, including large numbers of head injuries due to toppling computer monitors, were treated in US emergency rooms in the 13-year period.

Children under five had the highest injury rate, with the most common cause being tripping or falling, according to researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital A children's hospital is a hospital which offers its services exclusively to children. The number of children's hospitals proliferated in the 20th century, as pediatric medical and surgical specialties separated from internal medicine and adult surgical specialties.  in Columbus, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. . Older children under 10 and seniors over age 60 also had elevated injury rates.

More than nine in 10 injuries occurred in the home, the Journal reported.

"Future research on acute computer-related injuries is needed as this ubiquitous product becomes more intertwined in our everyday lives," Lara McKenzie of the hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy said in a statement.

Monitor-related injuries surged in the first years of the study, from 11.6 percent of cases in 1994 to a peak of 37.1 percent in 2003. By 2006 the figure had dropped to 25.1 percent, as heavier cathode ray tube See CRT.

(hardware) cathode ray tube - (CRT) An electrical device for displaying images by exciting phosphor dots with a scanned electron beam. CRTs are found in computer VDUs and monitors, televisions and oscilloscopes.
 monitors were steadily replaced with lighter and easier-to-lift liquid crystal display liquid crystal display (LCD)

Optoelectronic device used in displays for watches, calculators, notebook computers, and other electronic devices. Current passed through specific portions of the liquid crystal solution causes the crystals to align, blocking the passage of light.
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